It is incredible how fast time goes by. Looking back to when I first started I never thought I would achieve this feeling of success in such a short time. From all the jobs I've ever had, even owning a company, nothing ever made me feel so good about myself: changing lives, teaching, seeing children grow, creating a positive atmosphere where everyone is happy to come and have a good time with you. I never felt so loved in my life, never felt so accepted or wanted. Sadly, my objectives in education are not what the company is aiming for and thus, I needed to start looking for new opportunities where those objectives can be met.
The last couple of months were difficult. I experienced all sorts of emotions, love, disappointment, anger at my peers, invaluable, belittled etc. I didn't see much support from the company that it got me thinking, is this the place I want to build a career in? It is an "educational" institution. However, their objectives are far from what a true educational institution should be about. It should be about increasing the curricular level and most importantly, taking care of your students. There's no limit to them, and push you to do things they haven't even done before (for a single teacher school) but there's a limit to one's effort, energy, and motivation.However, despite everything that happened, I am still forever grateful for making me realize I'm on the right path: education.
Out of the blue, I got contacted by someone who's connected in the educational world and asked me to have a phone call. We ended up talking for over 3 hours and recommended me to some international schools in Japan. I gladly accepted the offer and was interviewed by one of the top international schools in Japan, located in the Kansai region. They asked me to do a presentation in front of children and choose a topic related to their age: I chose living things. I got wonderful feedback; they offered my a position on the spot...
Now here I am, telling everyone I am leaving: It's heartbreaking and extremely sad to say goodbye to students you've nurtured, "raised", and helped throughout this last year and a half. But, it's time to say goodbye and look for a brighter future. A future that will bring me a sense of achievement in the educational world; a place that will reward me not for my 入会's but for my strong desire to build a better curriculum. A place that will push me further into what I want to build in life: my own school.
Thank you so much Tokyo. I will always treasure my time here!